Sometimes you want to show pictures of your screen for various purposes, such as showing a screen from a website or making a how-to. It’s not too hard to do from a computer using a tool like Snagit for Google Chrome, but what if you’re using a smartphone or tablet? Fortunately, that’s even easier. On an Android device, press and hold down the volume down and power buttons, and on Apple devices press and hold the sleep/wake button and press the home key. That’s all it takes. On Android you can find your screenshots in the Screenshots folder in your Gallery, and on Apple in your Camera Roll. You can share, email, or upload your screenshots just like any other picture. What will you use mobile screenshots for? Continue reading
Google Forms is a great no-cost tool for creating any type of form, such as surveys and assessments. There are nearly endless possibilities for what it can be used for. In this video I show the basics of how to use Google Forms, by creating an intake form a middle school math teacher might give to incoming students:
Let’s face it, using a computer can be hard, and it can be even harder to explain how to do something on the computer. Techsmith Snagit for Chrome is a free-to-use tool that makes it easy to take and annotate screenshots of webpages. It’s easy to install from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, it’s easy to use. Just click on the S icon, then choose the type of screenshot. You can drag and select a section of the page, take a picture of the entire page, or even use the Scrolling mode, which will capture the entire webpage, even if it doesn’t fit on a single screen. Once a picture is taken, you can name it and use the easy tools to draw annotations. Once saved, the files are placed in the Techsmith folder in Google Drive. You can alternatively download the snapshot directly or copy a link to it for easy incorporation in a website. In the example below, I take a picture of the AHS website and highlight the link to iParent. To view any of these images in more detail, click on the thumbnail to see the full-size version.
For more information about Snagit for Chrome, please visit the Techsmith website at https://www.techsmith.com/snagit-google-chrome.html.
Google Drawings is a useful application for creating flowcharts and diagrams. In a school environment, a teacher or student could use Drawings to make a diagram based on a particular lesson and then share the diagram with the rest of class via Google Drive. This creates easy access from home to information learn inside the classroom.
Everything made inside Drawings can be shared, which means a teacher could start a folder full of diagrams for lessons throughout the school year. Google Drawings utilizes line tools for straight, clean lines. No student or teacher will have to worry about poor drawing skills. Drawings is also capable of making different curved or straight shapes, which is beneficial to any geometry class.
Google Drawings can help teachers and students of almost any subject. Organized diagrams, flowcharts, and shapes are the basis of Drawings. Worrying about losing papers, or forgetting old lesson diagrams is a thing in the past.
Using Google Drive on the iPhone:
Go to the App Store. Search for “google drive” and download. This application is free. However, keep in mind that if you don’t have a Google account already, you will not be able to use the drive.
After downloading, click on the app to open it. You’ll see something like this when you do.
A quick walkthrough of all the settings Google Calendars has to offer.
There has been confusion regarding the difference between Google Drive and Google Docs. There is NO difference… They are exactly the same. Google Drive was previously called Google Docs.
Now I’ll explain some basics.
First, to access the Google Docs, when you’re on the Google Homepage, click, “Drive” on the upper navigation bar.
The Google Chrome calendar is a very useful application that Google offers to its members. Anything and everything from meetings to due dates can be neatly organized in a simple fashion pertaining to days, hours, weeks or months. To all the inexperienced tech users who are not the best with computers, we are here today to instruct you on how to create your very own calendar!
You can begin by clicking on the calendar button in the top black tab of the google.com search engine. Continue reading